Case studies

Case 1:

A 3 year old girl with severe eczema, poor growth and behavioral issues.  The behavioural issues were uncontrolled tantrums and anxiety and fears. She had been seen by conventional specialists who had offered steroid creams and advised she was likely to “grow out of it.”

Following an in-depth consultation diving into all aspects of the child’s health, it became apparent that the root cause was the gut health. Extensive food allergy testing revealed she was had intolerance to bananas and eggs, among other foods. Her vitamin and mineral status showed multiple deficiencies, above all was a completely depleted vitamin B3 level and a inadequate fatty acid status. Studies have shown that Vitamin B3 deficiency is linked to anxiety, and a poor fatty acid status is linked to skin conditions.

Her comprehensive treatment plan included an individualised elimination diet and aggressive supplement regime.  Symptoms began to improve within 6 weeks. On reviewing the little girl 1 year later, her eczema had completely resolved, she was described as being “chatty” at school, and her tantrums were less frequent and much better controlled. She had also jumped up from under the 2nd growth centile to above the 9th centile for her height.

Case 2:

A 39 year old woman with primary unexplained infertility for 9 years and severe pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) symptoms. Poor lifestyle and diet accompanied a highly stressful job. She was referred to me by her fertility acupuncturist for a more holistic approach to her health.

Blood tests revealed, chronic inflammation, hormonal imbalance and autoimmune (Hashimoto’s) thyroiditis with a gene profile which poorly converts into the active thyroid hormone. Thyroid insufficiency can cause infertility and early miscarriage. The overburden of stress had contributed to her ill-health.

Her management plan included a prescription of thyroid hormones and a hormonal precursor, food supplements and thyroid cofactors. The patient was coached for stress and taught coping mechanisms to help her through her difficult fertility journey and she made dramatic lifestyle changes to accompany this.

Following 3 months of her functional treatment, she has lost significant weight, gained energy, PMS symptoms had improved and her inflammatory blood markers had returned to normal.

Case 3:

A 34 year old man with poorly controlled Ulcerative Colitis presented with multiple episodes of bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, weight loss, anaemia as well as lack of energy and motivation. He was under the care of a mainstream gastroenterologist and on multiple medications including immunosuppressants and high dose steroids. His diet was poor and included daily fizzy sodas, fast food and high sugars. He was advised by his specialist that dietary changes would not make any difference to his condition and therefore continued on this diet.

Prior to any comprehensive testing or treatment, He was started on an elimination diet based on a combination of FODMAP and GAPS diet. His symptoms began to improve dramatically within weeks. A comprehensive ground-breaking stool test revealed an acute infection with Aeromonas species of bacteria as well as parasites. He was treated with  antimicrobial herbs and specific strains of probiotics. On retesting 8 weeks later, his stools still revealed significant dysbiosis (bad bacteria) persisted. He was prescribed an 8 day course of antibiotics for his gut dysbiosis.

At the 3 month review the colitis was in complete remission. He was taken off the total elimination diet and follows a more nutritional diet plan. He has weaned off his steroid treatment with the support of his specialist and only takes one conventional drug to manage his condition. His calprotectin level, a marker of ulcerative colitis, had returned to the normal range.

Case 4:

45 year old female with newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes and weight gain. An in-depth consultation revealed a medical history of polycystic ovarian syndrome, undiagnosed gestational diabetes, premenstrual tension and depression. She struggled to lose weight and suffered from severe lethargy.

This patient was suffering from many aspect of the metabolic syndrome. Her stressful life and low energy meant making poor food and lifestyle choices. Blood tests revealed chronic inflammation and the leaky gut syndrome. She was put on an elimination diet, increased activity and gut repairing treatment regime for 6 weeks and then weaned onto an individualised cardio-metabolic diet plan. She was prescribed a hormonal precursor to help balance her hormones.

At 3 months, the patient had lost 2 stones in weight, felt energized and was able to wean off her antidepressants.

When I first met Dr Gupta 12 months ago I was suffering enormously from debilitating chronic pain, brain fog and fatigue. As well as a whole host of more more minor but very bothersome symptoms. I hadn't been able to work for two months, as a self employed entrepreneur something had to change. Having asked my local GP for tests to try and discover what was causing the chronic pain, and been advised that it would be 'too difficult to diagnose' and I should 'just accept this is my life now' I looked to functional medicine for answers and help. I wanted the full picture of my health - from my genetics, to my adrenals, my gut health as well as a comprehensive look at my vitamin and mineral levels. I also wanted to treat whatever came up as naturally as possible. Dr Gupta uncovered a whole host of reasons for my symptoms and gave me practical advice as to what to do to improve my health and therefore my quality of life. 12 months later I am overjoyed to have very nearly reversed an autoimmune disease, have lowered the chronic pain significantly, and be feeling full of energy and clear-minded again, which is essential for running a business and living my life to the full. Dr Gupta's matter of fact approach and thorough inquiry into my health has been incredible. Knowing I have a Doctor who is interested in my wellbeing and will tell me straight what I need to do in order to feel better has transformed my life. I have gone from surviving to thriving - seeking help from Dr Gupta has been one of the best decisions I've made.
Kia